BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A heart warming military homecoming happened Thursday morning at Our Lady of Fatima Elementary school in Biloxi. That's where Air Force veteran Kay Ann Wright surprised her husband and her kindergarten student daughter.
She walked toward her daughter's kindergarten classroom with the aid of a crutch, following a recent accident when she broke several toes. But the injury couldn't slow her down this day.
Daughter, Kay Leigh Donaldson, this week's star student, got to have Daddy be today's "Royal Reader" for her kindergarten class. Both were about to be happily surprised.
"Mommy!" shouted Kay Leigh, as she saw that familiar figure in the classroom doorway.
She ran to mamma's arms for some love, as her classmates and teachers cheered.
"High five!" said mom to her daughter, congratulating her on her "star student" award.
Mission accomplished. Daddy and daughter were certainly surprised.
"Mommy was a big surprise, huh?" said husband and daddy, Andre Donaldson. "Were we worried? Yeah," he said.
Soon the happiness of this 9/11 military homecoming spilled into the hallways. The Air Force veteran and her family were showered with thanks and praise and welcome home cards.
"Oh, I'm overwhelmed right now. I am. I've been away from several months and being able to touch her and my husband is awesome. I couldn't be more blessed right now," said Kay Ann Wright.
Her normally outgoing kindergartner seemed a little overwhelmed by all this attention. But she's certainly happy mom's back home.
"I like mommy when she comes home," said the smiling daughter.
"It's very difficult. Especially when Kay Leigh misses her and she wants her mom and there's nothing I can do but comfort her and show her mom will be home real soon," said Andre Donaldson.
That homecoming was on 9/11, which just happens to be the 7th anniversary of Kay Ann Wright joining the Air Force.
"We have a lot of military in our school. So we appreciate them every day. But when we have the opportunity to participate in a homecoming, it just kind of brings it home, how much we appreciate what they do for our country," said school principal Cindy Hahn.